February 3, 2011, - 2:25 pm

FREE Pizza IF Super Bowl Goes Into OT

By Debbie Schlussel

I love to tell you about free stuff even when I cannot partake.  For my non-Jewish, non-kosher readers, you might get a free pizza with up to three free toppings (value: $10), if you register to join Papa John’s Pizza’s “My Papa Points.” It depends on whether or not the Super Bowl goes into overtime.  IF the Super Bowl goes into OT, Papa John’s is giving out coupons for the free pizza to everyone who registers prior to game day, Sunday.  And you could also win a $45 gift card to the pizza chain:

If the Packers-Steelers game goes into overtime this Sunday, Papa John’s International Inc. may be shelling out a lot of free pizzas.

The Louisville, Ky., chain has pledged to give away a large pie with up to three toppings (approximate retail value: $10) to any customer who registers in advance for its special overtime promotion.

Of course, the odds are on Papa John’s side: The big game has never gone into overtime in its 44-year history. But just in case, the franchise has insured the promotion should any of its 2,800 U.S. restaurants “get slammed” with redemptions, says spokeswoman Tish Muldoon. (Customers who have already stuffed themselves during the game can redeem the free pies through June 30.) . . .

Papa John’s, which is a sponsor of the Super Bowl, sold roughly 940,000 pizzas during last year’s game – a record for the company. This year, on top of the overtime promotion, Papa John’s will also give away $45 gift cards every 45 seconds to randomly selected consumers who place orders online this Sunday, starting at 10 am. About 25% of the company’s sales are Web-based.

Like I said, this promotion isn’t for me. But for my non-Jewish readers who don’t keep kosher, I thought you might be interested, especially in this tough economy. A free pizza that size could feed a family, and a gift card of that amount could feed them a few times.

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12 Responses

Thanks Deb. I work in an orthodox Jewish neighborhood, so most of my lunches are Kosher, even though I am not Jewish. But I would never eat Papa John’s “Ketchup on Wonder bread”. If they paid me to eat it, I might consider though….

#1 Vato on February 3, 2011 at 3:05 pm

Just out of curiosity, how many superbowls have gone into overtime? In other words, what might be the odds of winning this since like may people, I’ll take a free anything.

J’K: The answer is in the post. RIF–Reading Is Fundamental. DS

J'Kel on February 3, 2011 at 3:34 pm

@J’K: Unfortunately, “the odds are on Papa John’s side: The big game has never gone into overtime in its 44-year history.”

Mike on February 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Registering doesn’t seem to work for me. Can’t find the enroll in points button after I registered. Oh well.

Floppa Johnz on February 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm

Please excuse my ignorance but why is pizza non-kosher?

M: Pizza is kosher, but only if it is made at a kosher place. And it can’t have any meat or poultry toppings. DS

MONSTER on February 3, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Thanks for the link, Debbie!

Michelle on February 3, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Ah,thanks for the lesson. I learn something new every day. Go Packers.

MONSTER on February 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm

I don’t think they’ll lose… but even if Papa John’s has to deliver free pizza for ONE day, that’s still free advertising for the company’s products and its a great way to get future paying customers.

Its a smart business strategy to cultivate repeat customers by showing good-will on Super Bowl Sunday!

NormanF on February 3, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Papa John’s used to be okay. I liked it, and my wife preferred it to my favorite take-out pizza. However, their quality has not been near as good it was just a few years ago. As a natter if fact it now sucks almost as much as Dominoes. I wouldn’t want one now even it were free, so I’ll definitely not order one if the game goes into OT.

CornCoLeo on February 3, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Last post “As a MATTER OF fact”.

BTW, I hate NFL “sudden death” OT. The college model is infinitely better. NFL is stuck in the past of the ’58 title game and thinks that OT can’t be played any other way, no matter how much better college OT rules are.

This all means nothing since I’m not going to watch anyway because the “Stoolers” are playing.

CornCoLeo on February 3, 2011 at 8:18 pm

PJ’s offer is quite tempting except for the fact that a) I’ll be working extra hours that night; and b) I live in Canada.

Now if the Hut were to offer that free OT pizza…


The Reverend Jacques on February 3, 2011 at 10:35 pm

free isn’t always free…

while tempting and seemingly free…the hidden cost, in my view, is they now have your info given to them voluntarily which they use to conduct ongoing marketing, effectively ending up cyber-stalking this new “free” prospect list…

Not only that, but many concerns that people give up their info to, sell it or otherwise pass it on to affiliates, and so fourth so the info you gave up potentially spawns, and spreads to other potential annoying marketers…

If the came goes into OT, I would pay the $20 for the pizza to not have to hit “unsubscribe” several hundred times to mitigate the marketing…

Kosher, black olives, broccoli or spinach please…Steelers…

hill billy on February 4, 2011 at 8:57 am

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